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Homegroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8

  1. #11

    Having never "merged" a .reg file, I wasn't aware of how it works. I didn't realize that if a key/value/datum doesn't exist in the registry, the .reg file adds it. If the key/value/datum does exist, it edits it. If I had known that I wouldn't have been searching all over the registry for something that I thought was "in the wrong place."

    There's sometimes a problem with blindly executing these .reg files; some of our systems want to open them in notepad instead. When that's the case, we have to use the import function within regedit (assuming we don't want to tweak our systems to always launch .reg files on faith).

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  2. #12

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    If a .reg file opens to Notepad instead of merging, then the association is not set properly, and .reg files need to be set to open with "Registry Editor" (regedit.exe) to restore the default association.

    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol in Windows 8

    Were you able to successfully merge the .reg file?

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  3. #13

    The association of .reg files to Notepad instead of regedit is intentional, and I know how to change the association, but I don't want to. There are at least 3 other ways to launch a .reg file, and (as I said in my last message) I chose the one where you run regedit then choose "Import" from the File Menu and select the target file from the resulting dialog window.

    So, yes, it did add those keys to my registry. Now I just have to wait awhile and see if it does the job it is intended to do. I'll be sure to notify this thread if and when it stops working.
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  4. #14

    I booted my machine today, and the Homegroup icon had returned to the desktop.

    I got rid of it (again temporarily) by refreshing the desktop, but that's not the point.

    I would conclude that the information in the tutorial DOES NOT WORK.
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  5. #15

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    It works just fine, but you have some other unknown factor causing it to return.

    If you don't use homegroup, then you could disabled the two services below to stop it for good.

    • HomeGroup Listener
    • HomeGroup Provider
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  6. #16

    As I said in my previous post, I don't want to disable those services.

    I can't imagine what this mysterious "unknown factor" is. I haven't had this machine up and running long enough to have hacked a bunch of custom stuff into it. The only thing that might be a deviation is that this is Classic Shell. I don't know; I guess it's the icon from hell, huh?
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  7. #17

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    Could be. You might temporarily remove Classic Shell to test for a few days to see.
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